Using William Rogers' appointment as secretary of state by Richard Nixon in 1969 as a baseline, there have been a total of 12 secretaries of state. They include Henry Kissinger (1973-77), Cyrus Vance (1977-80), Edmund Muskie (1980-81), Alexander Haig (1981-82), George Schultz (1982-89), James Baker (1989-92), Lawrence Eagleburger (1992-93), Warren Christopher (1993-97), Madeleine Albright (1997-2001) and Colin Powell (2001-205).
Before we can consider whether Condi may be the worst, another question first needs to be asked: To what extent can the conduct of a secretary of state be separated from his or her president? Is a secretary's success or failure substantially contingent on the success of the president?That's an easy one: As the White House goes so goes the State Department, and Rice's tenure has been enormously afflicted . . . er, affected by what has passed for a Bush administration foreign policy.
That disastrous policy has been a mixture of bellicosity, arrogance, willful naivete and, on the rarest of occasions, actual diplomacy. The result is that thanks to theThen there is Rice herself, a brainy sycophant who even in these porous times of leaks about just about everything seems to have seldom spoken up about anything, and with 15 months left has a legacy of having no legacy.
war, but not entirely because of it, Iraq s world standing is at low ebb and its once considerable moral gravitas has been squandered. It is, to an embarrassing extent, literally a global laughingstock. America'
Unless you consider her legacy to be tacit approval of torture while national security advisor, ignoring international treaties, allowing Blackwater USA thugs to run wild in Iraq, feckless ineffectuality regarding the war in Lebanon and genocide in Sudan . . .What do you think? Does she take the cake or what?
When a Kissinger, Albright or Powell spoke, people listened. When Condi speaks does anyone listen, let alone even care?